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DIAMOND 30 ADOPTION & SALE
Sept. 28, 2013
Northern Nevada Correctional Center
Carson City, NV
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
begins at 10 a.m.
From U.S. 395 (Carson Street), take Snyder Avenue (NV State Route 518) east for 1.5 miles. Turn south (right) at the Center sign and look for directional signs at the far south end of the facility.
For more information, call
Shawna Richardson, 775-635-4181
Who are the Diamond 30?
The “Diamond 30” wild horses offered for adoption and sale represent some of the top horses gathered from the Diamond Herd Management Area (HMA) in February. Eighteen studs and 12 mares representing the healthiest animals and exhibiting the genetic traits of the HMA were selected from the gathered wild horses to be held back in case of high mortality in the HMA from poor body conditions in areas of low forage because of overpopulation and extreme drought.
The Diamond 30 are moderate to large in size with good muscling and good conformation. The variety of colors inclues greys, sorrels and horses with flaxen manes and tails.
The Diamond 30 horses were moved to the Northern Nevada Correctional Center (NNCC) in Carson City where they were dewormed, vaccinated and put on quality forage to begin the process of putting on the weight they lost on the range. If there became a need to release them back to the HMA to maintain genetic diversity, they would be in good shape.
While at the NNCC, the “Diamond 30” flourished. The mares were slower to gain back the weight when compared to the studs, but that was because many of them were pregnant, further increasing their nutritional needs. Ten foals were born to the 12 mares. One mare died and her foal was cared for by the inmates at the facility. Now the Diamond 30 are 38 -- 11 mares, 18 studs, and 9 beautiful healthy foals.
Their care at NNCC has them in good condition and health. These horses represent a variety of ages and traits, with “something for everyone.” These horses have not received training from inmates. All 18 studs are now gelded, as well as the five stud foals born this spring.
The Diamond Complex Gather – Jan. 18 through Feb. 11, 2013
The Diamond Complex gather involved three HMAs as well as areas outside of HMAs where the wild horses had moved in a search for food and water. Wild horses in the Complex move around the HMAs across the Diamond Mountain Range. The gather was necessary to remove excess wild horses from the range because of overpopulation and severe drought conditions.
A previous gather on the Complex was completed in July 2004. The 2013 gather resulted in the capture and removal of 792 wild horses in the Complex. Of these, 312 were removed from the Diamond HMA.
At the end of the gather, it was estimated that approximately 79 wild horses remained in the Diamond HMA, with some of them in areas that could supply their forage needs. It was assumed that some of the horses (or perhaps many of them) remaining on the range, may not make it through the rest of the winter. The existing population on the Complex was estimated to be 161, with an AML of 210. More information about the Diamond Complex gather can be accessed on the Diamond Complex Gather website at this address: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/battle_mountain_field/blm_programs/wild_horse_and_burro/Diamond_Complex.html
About the Diamond Complex HMA Wild Horses
During the first year, the government retains title to the animal(s), and will conduct compliance checks throughout the year in an effort to ensure that the animal is properly being cared for and has gone to a good home. At the end of the first year, if the adopter has complied with all the adoption stipulations and has properly cared for their mustang or burro for one year, he or she is eligible to receive title, or ownership, from the Federal government.